To our wonderful friends from all around the globe, you are in our warmest of thoughts as we send to you and yours every Blessing of the Festive Season.
Our most recent news is that a Christmas gift for the Skeates family has been the birth of Harrison Maxwell Skeates, a brand new baby grandson, born on the 1st of December. Pauline’s grandchildren now number 3, including Amelie and Samuel, who are both thriving at school and growing up fast.
Summer here is a time of year in which we head to the gorgeous beaches of the far North of NZ for some rest and replenishment, after a very busy year. We are looking forward to some boating, fishing and swimming in the surf and perhaps simply lying on the beach with a good book!
In New Zealand this year we have hosted 24 Mindfulness evenings and 10 full days of Insight Focused Therapy seminars with many wonderful people have come through our agency. It has been a great pleasure to share these times with so many new people and the feedback from them has been very positive and encouraging.
Pauline had a terrific time teaching in Holland in June and she has continued to study and research the treatment of trauma and the latest discoveries in neuro-science, applying them to the theory and practice of Insight Focused Therapy. Preparations are also underway for the Advanced Seminar in Austria 2016 which promises to be a wonderful time of Mindfulness, fun and connections with others from around the globe.
Some thoughts for the Holiday Season: Not only at Christmas but every day, each unfolding moment is a fresh opportunity to show gratitude and kindness to God, to others and to ourselves. When we wake in the morning, we can be grateful for the life and the breath in our bodies. We can breathe in the Ruach breath that comes from the Divine and breathe it out upon our families, our communities and the world.
During 2015, many events happening around the world could put fear into our hearts and minds. We have a wonderful opportunity to not allow this, as we fall back into the “Image of God within us” as the light of the Love and Peace that arrived with the very first Christmas, shines through us and amongst us, like a shining Star for wise souls to follow.
2015 has also been a year in which we purchased a new agency house in Grey Lynn, Auckland. We have been lovingly restoring the brick barn that we have on the back yard of the property. We are looking forward to holding seminars and workshops in our own space! Below are some photos of the progress we have made so far. The front doors should be on by late February.
We wish you every blessing!
Pauline, Sandy, Amy and the rest of the Insight International Team xxx
Here are some pictures of how we are progressing with our seminar space:
Progress...new roof, new windows, new (recycled) brick front walls, new concrete floor!